Mar 132016

Following up from my previous post, where Arnold talks about the need to get back to rewarding aesthetics in bodybuilding, is this guest article by Louie Guarino over at Tom Venuto’s, Burn The Fat Blog. I am going to add this link to a site amazingly called “Classic Bodybuilders”, that has thousands of photos of bodybuilders and physique models from the golden era of bodybuilding (roughly 1900 through the early 1980s), as a good reference.

Louie gives some great advice on how to assess your physique and train for this look as a natural athlete. He suggests looking at increasing training frequency and volume which is what I am doing in my own training, so of course I agree. 🙂 In any event check out the full article and let me know what you think?

How Classical Bodies Are Made: The Return of The Golden Era Physiques, With a Modern Twist

Steve Reeves

Steve Reeves

The good old days of bodybuilding… when every boy and man marveled at the physiques of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Franco Columbu, Frank Zane, Lee Haney, Samir Bannout and other greats of the 70’s and 80’s. These men were legends and were revered by some almost as gods. The old school bodybuilders were ambassadors of physical culture and beacons of inspiration. They motivated generations of fans to start lifting weights and strive to become their best selves.

The stories and triumphs of these charismatic champions were so captivating that many enthusiasts even took up competing because they wanted a taste of that bodybuilder’s glory.

Who wouldn’t be inspired? The physiques of this golden age had the perfect mix of muscle mass and definition. Their symmetry was reminiscent of Greco-Roman statues. The way they posed onstage was nothing short of theatrical performance.

In this era, bodybuilders were seen as big, strong, athletic, and mentally tough, yet also easy-going, classy, artistic and poised.

Perhaps the best depiction of this champion’s persona was seen in the documentary film Pumping Iron when Arnold and Franco met with the ballet teacher to learn how to move fluidly and transition between poses.

But at some point, probably in the 1990’s, there was a shift, where the aim changed from looking classical and moving with grace, to seeing who could be the biggest and most freakish on stage. Why? Well, big and freaky sells, right? As long as ever-increasing levels of muscle mass kept wowing fans, the auditoriums kept filling up. At the same time, the athletes wanted to keep improving. But did this “progress” go too far?

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  4 Responses to “How Classical Bodies Are Made:”

  1. Hi VG,

    I wrote a long post as a reply but I couldn’t submit it and ended up losing it.
    But the gist of it was.
    Great post by you and a great site attached.
    Steve Reeves in the cover picture was revered by most to have the most perfect proportions. There is a formula/set of dimensions which is supposed to be the ideal. You can find this on one of th sites and it’s what the Greek/Roman statues are modelled on.
    Check out Reg Parke who along with Steve Reeves was Arnold’s idol and inspiration. Reg was also British and very natural looking although he didn’t quite have Steeve’s waspish narrow waist.

    Kind regards, Graham.

  2. Hi VG,

    I found this link to the ideal proportions and Steve Reeves’ measurements.

    Cheers, Graham.

  3. Hi VG,

    Here’s another site with the ideal measurements.

    Cheers, Graham.

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